Pittsburg, KS – Glenville State’s Rahmann Lee was tabbed the National Freshman of the Year by Don Hansen while five others earned All-America honors.
Lee galloped for 1,357 yards on 189 carries for the Pioneers. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry and crossed the goal line 13 times on the ground and had one receiving score. A native of Capitol Heights, Md., finished second in the WVIAC in rushing with an average of 123.4 yards a game, ranking 16th nationally. In the season finale, he recorded a 301-yard, five-touchdown performance, averaging 15.8 yards per carry. Lee picked up honorable mention All-America honors for his effort.
Shepherd’s Keon Robinson earned second-team accolades while Concord’s Jake Lilly and Charleston’s Jordan Roberts were part of the third team. The Mountain Lions’ Riyahd Richardson and the Griffins’ Tyler Zimmer garnered honorable mention honors.
Robinson, a senior cornerback from Fairfax Station, Va., was a first team All-Region selection in 2010 and helped spearhead a Shepherd defense that leads NCAA II in rushing defense (52.64), while ranking eighth in tackles for loss (8.73) and ninth in scoring defense (16.64). He recorded 52 tackles on the year with 40 solo stops. Robinson had four interceptions (one touchdown), 10 pass breakups, a pair of fumble recoveries, and a blocked kick. He added 14 kickoff returns for a 20.9 average (one touchdown) and 17 punt returns for a 10.9 average (one touchdown).
Lilly, a native of Bluefield, W. Va., led one of the better defenses in the conference. He registered a league-leading 126 tackles on the season, averaging 11.5 per game. He ranks sixth in the WVIAC in tackles for loss (13 for a loss of 44 yards). Lilly also had two interceptions, forced two fumbles and recorded six pass break-ups for the Mountain Lions. He tallied one sack on the season. Lilly’s 70 solo stops were the third most in the WVIAC and rank fifth nationally. He is also fourth in Division II for total tackles per game and fifth in solo tackles per game.
Roberts, a native of Madison, W. Va., rushed for a league-best 1,572 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. He also led the way with a conference-best 197 all-purpose yards a game. Roberts also leads the WVIAC in scoring (122 points/11.1 ppg). His play led the Golden Eagles to a 9-2 record and a spot in the AFCA Top 25 earlier this year. In his last collegiate game, Roberts set NCAA records for most rushing yards in a quarter (190) and in a half (273). He ranks in the top 10 nationally in all-purpose yards (third), scoring (fourth) and rushing (sixth). It is the first time that a student-athlete from UC has won the award.
Richardson, a cornerback from Duncan, S.C., intercepted passes in five of Concord’s final six games of the season and returned a blocked extra point attempt for two points in CU’s win at West Virginia State. He is tied for 14th in the nation in interceptions per game (0.50) and leads the WVIAC in interceptions and passes defended. Richardson was named to the All-WVIAC first team for his efforts this season. He helped a CU defense that ranked 14th in the nation in total defense, 11th in scoring defense and seventh in passing defense last season.
Zimmer, a sophomore linebacker, is a native of Harrison City, Pa., led the Griffin defense and set new school single season records in tackles (121), tackles for loss (29) and sacks with 12. Tyler led the WVIAC in tackles for loss and was 6th in Division II. He was second in the WVIAC in tackles and 10th in the country and was third in the WVIAC in sacks and tied for 16th in Division II.